Jeremy Goulet, the man suspected of killing two Santa Cruz Police Department officers on Tuesday, had a history of using guns and was considered unstable by those who knew him.
Goulet, a 35-year-old barista who was fired from his job Friday amid sexual harassment allegations, is believed to have shot Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler – the first two Santa Cruz Police Department officers to have been killed in the line of duty.
Goulet was killed Tuesday during a shootout with police following the incident.
In 2008, Goulet, then living in Portland, Oregon, was convicted of a sex crime and allegedly fired off a gun when the boyfriend of a woman who he secretly taped with his cell phone in the shower went to confront him. He was also convicted of not having a permit for a concealed weapon.
“I approached him and everything kind of went down,” Danny Thomas, the victim’s boyfriend, told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. “He shot the gun off a couple of times, and I bit part of his ear off.”
Goulet’s father, Ronald Goulet, told the paper that his son had an affinity for guns.
"He's always had guns. He likes to go target shooting and stuff like that. More of a collector," the elder Goulet said.
But Goulet’s father said he never got into trouble over the firearms and was never violent.
"He's never been convicted of a felony," he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “"He does have guns - he's a collector and he does target practice. But I don't think he's going to be shooting anyone."
Goulet texted his twin brother, Jeremy Goulet, on Tuesday, telling him he was in trouble.
“Why was he on the run? I'm just trying to hang with it, to make sense of it," Ronald Goulet told the Chronicle.
A former female roommate of Goulet's said he was explosive and had “some anger issues.”
"He'd have his brother stay and they'd get in huge arguments," she told the Sentinel.
A man who lived in the same apartment building as Goulet when the 35-year-old barista lived in Berkeley, Calif., told The Los Angeles Times that Goulet was “super, super creepy.”
The killings of Baker and Butler led Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel to call the incident “the darkest day” in the history of the department.
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